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  • Wind Energy Leaders Consider Iowa a Prime Location to Address Climate Change

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa is second in the country for wind energy production, getting about 34% of our energy from the wind. With that status, the American Wind Energy Association is hosting a panel on Iowa’s role in clean energy and ability to address climate change. The group wants the country to learn from Iowa’s success of using renewable energy and how it can impact climate policy. The panel event is Monday,  January 27th at 10:00 am. It’s at […]

  • Iowa Democratic Party Making Sure Iowans of All Abilities Can Caucus

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Democratic Party wants to make sure anyone who wants to participate in the Iowa caucuses can make it to a caucus site. Whether you need a sign language interpreter or need space for a wheel chair, party leaders are making sure Iowans with accessibility needs can still be apart of the process. The Iowa Democrat Party has an online request form.  IDP Chair, Troy Price says they have received 150 requests so far and […]

  • Local Author Gains National Attention for Latest Novel

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A local author is getting a lot of national attention. The debut novel by Tracey Garvis Graves spent nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. And her latest novel, “The Girl He Used to Know” is Target’s January book club pick. Oprah Magazine also listed as one of the best novels of 2019. Since her first novel was released in 2012, Garvis Graves has been able to focus on writing full time. She also […]

  • Attorney General Tom Miller Sets Record as Longest-Serving State AG in History

    DES MOINES, Iowa — This weekend a record was broken in Iowa. Tom Miller became the longest-serving state attorney general in U.S. history. Miller has now been in office more than 37 years. He was first elected in 1978, and other than some time off between 1991 and 1995, he has remained in office ever since. Miller tells Channel 13 that some of the most memorable moments during his tenure have been the tobacco settlement, the antitrust case against Microsoft […]

  • Late Night Fire Relocates Inmates at Correctional Facility in Newton

    NEWTON, Iowa — A fire destroyed the laundry room at the Newton Correctional Release Center Tuesday night. The center is a minimum security facility adjacent to the Newton Correctional Facility. Staff noticed smoke coming from the laundry area around 10:15 p.m. and evacuated inmates to a safe area. Crews from Newton, Monroe, and Reasnor contained the fire to the laundry room. The Department of Corrections says it appears the fire started in a dryer. The cause of the fire is […]

  • Police Say Woman Intentionally Hit Teen with Car Because Victim was Hispanic

    CLIVE, Iowa — Clive police say a Des Moines woman ran down a 14-year-old girl because she was Hispanic. Officers announced Thursday that 42-year-old Nicole Poole Franklin of Des Moines was charged with attempted murder. Investigators say Poole Franklin was driving near Indian Hills Junior High School on Dec. 9, saw the victim, and left the roadway to hit her while she was on the sidewalk. Poole Franklin left without checking on the girl. The 14-year-old suffered several injuries. Clive […]

  • Finding Hope in Adoption

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — November is Adoption Awareness Month and an event this weekend will open the conversation to individuals looking to adopt. The Hope Adoption Conference will be held November 15th and 16th at NorthPoint Church in Johnston. The event celebrates adoption, educates individuals and families about the process, and motivates people engage in caring for children who needs families. Along with information on the process, speakers will share their personal stories of adoption and foster care. You can learn […]

  • Raising Awareness of Lead Poisoning in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa — In 2017, The Iowa Department of Public Health reports that 890 children in Iowa had confirmed elevated lead levels in their blood. That’s enough to fill 12 school buses. Lead poisoning is preventable so there are ways to reduce exposure to young children. The State Medical Director, Dr. Caitlin Pedati says toddlers are at a high risk because they tend to put items in their mouths. Lead can also be found in dust as well as […]

  • ‘Muscle Team’ Flexing Its Strength to Fight Muscular Dystrophy

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Iowa is holding its annual gala on November 7th at Des Moines’ Embassy Suites. Channel 13’s Sonya Heitshusen will be part of MDA’s “Muscle Team.” Teams are made up of athletes and MDA ambassadors, like Sonya’s buddy, Ben Schwartz. Proceeds for the event go toward MDA’s mission to save and improve the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases.

  • Des Moines Public Library Boycotts Major Publisher Over E-Book Policy

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Public Library is boycotting a publisher over a recent embargo on e-books. Macmillan publishers is one of the country’s five major publishers.  It recently made the decision that prevents libraries from purchasing more than one copy of newly released e-books for the first eight weeks after publication. Des Moines Public Library Director Sue Woody says Macmillan is refusing to meet the demands of readers.

  • Woman Behind the Keys of Carillon Inside Campanile Celebrates 25 Years

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The beautiful music ringing from the Campanile is one of the great traditions at Iowa State University. This weekend there’s a big celebration to honor the carillon’s history and the woman behind the clock face. Dr. Tin-Shi Tam is the University Carillonneur.  This is her 25th anniversary in the role. She is putting on a unique concert this weekend to mark the occasion.   The “Bells of Iowa State” Anniversary Gala Concert is Sunday, October 27 […]

  • Celebrating and Supporting Iowa Farmworkers

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa runs on agriculture and the help of our farmworkers. An event coming up will celebrate those dedicated employees.  It’s called the “I’m Thankful for Farmworkers Dinner.”  It will not only highlight their work, it will also benefit the organization that helps lift up migrant and seasonal workers in our state. Proteus, Inc.  is hosting the event. It’s also celebrating 40 years of service but not a lot of people know what they do. Chief Executive […]

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